Sunday, July 6, 2014

Positively Pittsburgh Live! Celebrating Marvin and New Children's Book, 6-23-14

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Positively Pittsburgh Live! Celebrating Marvin and New Children's Book

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PPL Co-Host
Jo Ann R Forrester
Once upon a time there was business consultant by the name of JoAnn R. Forrester who worked very hard for her small business clients, raised them lots of money ($40 million), taught hundreds of classes, seminars and workshops to thousands of clients and students, won many awards for her accomplishments and helped her clients gain national recognition for their accomplishments  and even had her own podcast show, The Empress of Biz, Listen, Learn, Prosper and had helped many organizations that served women and children…something was missing…and she was beginning to become  bored and sad…very sad.  She was tired of doing cost analysis, business plans and having to joust with bankers to help her clients….she wanted some fun, she wanted to play and just be happy.  So she wrote a children's book called the Gift of Holiday Valley.

No BS Marketing Meeting with Clint Arthur|

St Mary's of the Mount

 La Cour Des Miracles, and interactive Robotic Installation| John Williams with PSO| SOME BEGINS|  


The Wiggles| 

Summer Conflict Resolution and Mediation Training Courses| Call for Nominations: Greater Pittsburgh ATHENA Awards|


Raja's "Your American Story" Radio Show Moving to KDKA 1020 AM Radio| 

The National High School Musical Theater Awards

Race for Homeless Children's Education Fund in Pittsburgh|

South Pittsburgh Farmer's Markets|Jam on Walnut

Brookline resident Lois McCafferty, Exhibition of Paintings by Vince Ornato|


 St Mary's of the Mount No Bs Marketing Meeting-Clint Arthur

Allegheny CleanWays |



July 11 – September 7, 2014 | Wood Street Galleries | 601 Wood Street
Exhibition Opening & Reception | July 11, 5:30 – 9 p.m.
Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of La Cour des Miracles (The Court of Miracles) by artists Bill Vorn and Louis-Philippe Demers. The exhibition is on view at Wood Street Galleries July 11–September 7, 2014. An opening reception takes place during the Trust’s quarterly Gallery Crawl Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:30–9 p.m.
La Cour des Miracles is an interactive robotic installation that reacts to viewers’ presence in a multimedia environment. This installation follows the artists’ approach to creating fictitious spaces designed for machine populations and cybernetic organism societies, in which viewers become both explorers and intruders. The title of the exhibition originates from the slum districts of Paris—cour des miracles—in which begging was a means of survival 
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It’s back! “The Music of John Williams” returns to Heinz Hall for a one-day-only performance on July 19 at 2:30 p.m. at Heinz Hall.
Williams, who has orchestrated some of Hollywood’s most iconic movie scores — “Harry Potter,” “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones,” to just name a few — is celebrated during this rousing Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra concert, which features Williams’ movie music magic, audience participation and hijinks from admitted Williams fanboy Resident Conductor Lawrence Loh.
With solos performed by Pittsburgh Symphony principal harp Gretchen Van Hoesen and principal contrabassoon James Rodgers, this popular concert sold out its four-night run during the 2013-2014 PNC Pops season.

The symphony also is looking for volunteers to dress as characters from movies with a John Williams score, such as “Harry Potter,” “Indiana Jones,” “Star Wars,” “E.T.” or “Superman,” and greet and pose for photos with patrons who attend the concert. They will receive two free tickets to the concert for participating. Anyone interested should email a photo of themselves in costume to Rachel Howard,, along with contact information by June 30. 

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July 11 – August 24, 2014 | 707 Penn Gallery | 707 Penn Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA—The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust announces the opening of Some Begins, an exhibition exploring the associative and myth-making capacities of objects and text from the collaborative practice of artists Meg Shevenock and Jamie Boyle. The exhibition is on view July 11–August 24, 2014, at 707 Penn Gallery. An opening reception takes place Friday, July 11, 2014, from 5:30–9 p.m., during the Trust’s quarterly Gallery Crawl throughout the Cultural District.

Some Begins, a collection of primarily sculptural works that exemplify what Shevenock and Boyle call their “belief in the crazy spirit world of objects,” marks the first exhibition devoted solely to their collaborative practice. Only very briefly, over the past seven years, have the artists lived in the same city. This physical distance between them serves as a crucial layer to their belief in the power of objects, their artistic process, and the works on view in Some Begins.

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Ready, Steady Wiggle, brings more of the toe tapping, laughter-inducing Wiggle-tastic excitement to families. Children will be kept dancing, singing and laughing during this colorful concert with Yellow (and first-ever female) Wiggle Emma, Red Wiggle Simon, Purple Wiggle Lachy and the last remaining original (and Blue) Wiggle Anthony.

Fans will also have the opportunity to see all of their wiggly friends, Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword and bop along to Hot Potato, Rock A Bye Your Bear and all their other cherished favorites as well as exciting new hits like Do the Propeller.

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Conflict Resolution

Dates: August 4th and 5th
Time: 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Conflict presents opportunity. The conflicts you face in everyday life are opportunities to have constructive conversations, to resolve issues peacefully, and to enhance your interactions with others to have more meaningful and less stressful relationships. During this 15-hour course, participants improve how they perceive and approach conflict. Experienced instructors assist participants in developing cognitive, emotional, and behavioral skills that foster productive outcomes of conflict while reducing negative impacts on personal or professional relationships. Completion of the 15 hours results in a certificate of completion and serves as a prerequisite for participation in the 24-hour Mediation class. Full attendance is required for certificate.

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Raja's "Your American Story" Radio Show Moving to KDKA 1020 AM Radio

In our continued support of entrepreneurship and of Ron's message as The American Entrepreneur, it's with great pleasure that we announce Raja's move with Your American Story (a continuation of Ron's message via the airwaves) to KDKA 1020am radio - or as Ron used to refer to it, "The blowtorch at the other end of the dial."

Recently, Raja was a guest on the NewsRadio 1020 morning news program, with host Larry Richert, discussing the "Running With the Bulls" feature and the mission of
Your American Story Radio.  If you missed that discussion, you can listen to it here.

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Jam on Walnut 2014 Bands

Posted on May 22, 2014  Think Shadyside
The bands for the 2014 Jam on Walnut season have been announced! Three Saturdays each Summer, we block off Walnut Street for an outdoor concert to benefit Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Western PA Chapter. Each of the three events attracts approximately 5,000 people for the city’s best block party!

July 26, 2014 @ 7:00pm                                              
Dancing Queen

August 16, 2014 @ 7:00pm
Kelsey Friday
Radio Tokyo

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Farmers’ Markets are back this month in South Pittsburgh
Citiparks is happy to announce that both the Beechview and Carrick Farmers’ Market locations are returning again for the 2014 season. Fortunately, both locations within District 4 now accept food stamps (SNAP), credit, and debit cards. For more information on how to use these cards at the market, go to Just Harvest's page here:
Also, the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank runs a very successful “Food Stand” Farmers’ Market in Brookline at the Seton Center each year, which also accepts EBT, WIC, and senior vouchers.In addition, a new weekly flea market coming is to the same location as the Beechview Farmer's Market beginning on Thursday, June 19th. There is no fee to participate, but vendors must registered with the Beechview Area Concerned Citizens by phone at 412-341-8768, 412-583-0176 or email 

The markets will be open at the following dates, times, and locations…

Beechview Farmers’ Market
Thursdays, June 12th – October 23rd, 3:30-7:30
St. Catherine of Siena at Broadway Ave. & Belasco Street  

Brookline Food Stand
Wednesdays, June 19th - November 21th, 11:00–6:00
Elizabeth Seton Center Parking Lot, 1900 Pioneer Ave

Carrick Farmers’ Market
Wednesdays, June 11th - November 26th, 3:30-7:30

Carrick Shopping Center on Brownsville Rd. & Parkfield Street

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St Mary's of the Mount

This is a must see for anyone visiting Pittsburgh, St Mary's of the Mount on Mt. Washington is an absolutely breathtaking piece of architecture overlooking Mt. Washington and right on Grandview Avenue.  The ivory altar and stained glass windows alone are worth the trip.  But the best part of the visit was the congregation.  They had a "signing choir" for the hearing imparied and the priest who celebrated the mass was an impeccably dynamic speaker but he also signed part of his sermon and many prayers.  This church and its congregation was truly an inspiration.
Read the entire review at Roving Pittsburgher Report

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As WPXI Target 11 investigator Rick Earle stated on air this month, “A dangerous and dirty problem is piling up in a greenway in Pittsburgh’s Brookline neighborhood. “ Allegheny CleanWays and I, with help from WPXI, working to bring attention to a very large illegal dump site, which has been used for at least the last 40 years.
Luckily, Allegheny CleanWays volunteers have been working on cleaning up the site regularly since November of last year. One of the biggest dumpsites in the City of Pittsburgh, the area is both an eyesore and a health hazard. Volunteers have uncovered a rusted car axle, refrigerators, air conditioners, an old television set, and literally over 2,000 tires from the dump… and they’re still going! To keep area looking good after clean-up has finished, the group plans to install video cameras which can catch illegal dumpers in the act.
“It's an enormous problem, especially in our greenways and woodlands, the places that should be pristine,” said Myrna Newman of Allegheny CleanWays.

Allegheny CleanWays was formed in 2000 to assess the extent of illegal dumping in Allegheny County. In the past 14 years, they have been instrumental in engaging and partnering with community groups to remove dumps and debris from vacant lots, greenways, streets, and riverbanks. To learn more about their work in Brookline, watch or read Rick Earle’s story HERE

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